Herpes Never Scared a Man Away – HSV1 Genitally – STD Interviews

Herpes - HSV1

People with STDs are often characterized as villains – individuals that should be avoided, because they’re bad people or they will only intentionally infect someone else. What’s silly about that portrayal is everyone with an STD was once someone without an STD. Rarely, does the other side of the story get explained or does a […]

Seek Positive Influences – HSV1 – STD Interviews


Submitted anonymously via the contact form, this interview highlights how an STD diagnosis, namely, HSV1, can be a blessing in disguise. While the stigma associated with contracting an STD is definitely no Saturday morning walk in the park, it seems that, upon diagnosis, an individual almost always finds themselves doing some much needed personal reflection. […]

HSV2 – Don’t Waste Time Being Depressed – STD Interviews


This reader, having initially submitted her interview via the contact form, was so inspired by her experience, she wrote a rhetorical essay about STD stigma for her college English class as well. She’s also allowing us to post her essay as part of The STD Project, and we’re stoked! We’ll be showcasing her work in […]

HPV & Bacterial Vaginosis – I Trusted Him – STD Interviews

HPV Vaginitis

Aside from the experiences mentioned below, this interviewee also recently had an encounter with a friend who had been exposed to herpes. She says she understands first-hand how confusing STDs still are to a lot of people. Her friend found out she tested negative, but this latest occurrence enforced for her how important continued awareness […]

Herpes – I Didn’t Want to be Thought of as a ‘Slut’ – STD Interviews

Herpes - STD Interviews

Women of all shapes and sizes, from all backgrounds, and who identify with all sexual orientations contract STDs, and this interviewee’s story is no different. What’s most remarkable, or maybe more accurately, most disheartening, however, is the similarities in fears one experiences upon initial diagnosis. They are nearly identical in all of those who are […]

HSV2 – He Made Me Feel Alienated – STD Interviews


Submitted anonymously via the contact form, this interview does an excellent job of touching on the self-analysis one undergoes after getting diagnosed with an STD. It’s never easy sharing an honest perspective like the one below, as it requires an interviewee to courageously ‘look their situation in the face’ in hopes of healing and not letting […]